Seoul: Former US President Jimmy Carter
on Wednesday met North Korea`s ceremonial head of state, hours after
arriving in Pyongyang on a mission to win the release of a
jailed American, state media reported.
Kim Yong-Nam, president of the Presidium of the
Supreme People`s Assembly (parliament), met and had a
"cordial" talk with Carter, the official Korean Central News
Agency (KCNA) said.
The meeting was held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in
Pyongyang, KCNA said, adding that Kim had also arranged a
reception for Carter at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse.
Other North Korean officials, including vice foreign
minister and nuclear envoy Kim Kye-Gwan, who greeted Carter at
Pyongyang airport, were also present, KCNA reported.
Nobel peace laureate Carter is visiting Pyongyang to
secure the release of Aijalon Mahli Gomes, an African-American
who was jailed in April for illegally crossing into the
secretive communist country from China.